Dec
17

Post #1200 – Madalean Gauze

Silkscreen poster for Madalean Gauze

Very excited about this one – here’s a poster I designed for Philadelphia singer/songwriter Madalean Gauze, for her upcoming show at Boot and Saddle in Philly, to celebrate the release of her excellent new album, Sing.  To be honest, when she first reached out to me, I was completely unfamiliar with her music and somewhat skeptical, because I am old and jaded and most newer bands I cross paths with don’t move me – but this record blew me away. It strikes a strong balance between arty, sophisticated arrangements and accessible pop hooks without coming across as pretentious or labored.  It’s catchy and intelligent, heart felt and powerful – simply brilliant. I hear elements of St Vincent, Patti Smith and Morrissey among others in there – but it retains a unique sound of it’s own. Anyway, I’m not here to write an album review but I will say it’s quickly become one of my favorite releases of the past year and has been on  steady rotation here at the studio.   Do yourself a favor and check it out here.  If this record doesn’t blow up, I’ll loose what little faith I have left in the music industry.

The poster is a 2 color silkscreen on 100# Cement Green French paper and features a new collage I created for it, entitled Deep Heart (shown below).

Thank you for finding me Madalean.

 

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Dec
15

Post #1199 – Pisces

Pisces collage by artist Joe Castro

Pisces is a cut paper collage using images taken primarily from vintage magazines and other ephemera and hand cut with an xacto knife and dry adhered to paper with a gel medium. This is from my series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac, that was created for Glamour Magazine Germany’s Januar 2016 issue. The original image is roughly 12.5 inches wide by 16 inches tall and was completed in November 2015

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Dec
13

Post #1198 – Scorpio

Scorpio collage by Joe Castro

Scorpio is a cut paper collage using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then handcut with an xacto knife and dry adhered to paper using a gel medium and augmented with gouache. This is from my series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac, that was created for Glamour Magazine Germany’s Januar 2016 issue. The original is roughly 13.5 inches wide by 13.5 inches high and was completed November 2015.

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Dec
13

Post #1197 – RIP George Manney

George Manney

Really bummed to hear about the passing of George Manney – I had the pleasure of recording with George when I was in The Situation, and he produced the track (What Keeps You) Keeping On from the Reece Nasty EP. We didn’t always see eye to eye creatively (who does?) , but he was a solid guy, a true gentleman with a good sense of humor and a generous spirit who donated his time and helped us out because of his love, dedication and belief in the beauty of rock-n-roll. RIP George. Much respect.

 

Dec
10

Post #1196 – Leo

Leo - cut paper collage art by Joe Castro

Leo is a cut paper collage created using images pulled from vintage magazines and other ephemera and dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. This is from my series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac, that was created for Glamour Magazine Germany’s Januar 2016 issue.

The original piece is 12″ x 12″ and was completed November 2015

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Dec
10

Post #1195 – Signs of the Zodiac series

Glamour Magazine Germany Januar 2016

Glamour Magazine Germany recently commissioned me to created a series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac – you can check out the entire series in the Januar 2016 issue, which just recently hit the news stands.  Each individual collage with also be highlighted each month (for which ever zodiac sign is prominent for that issue) for the rest of 2016. I had a great time creating these and it was a true pleasure to work with everyone at Glamour Deutschland.  More photos to come – stay tuned!

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Nov
26

Post #1194 – Award from National Collage Society’s 31st Annual Juried Show

Award Joe Castro National Collage Society

I was very surprised/humbled to receive an award in mail this week from the National Collage Society – I had previously received notification that my collage Night Shifting Shadows had been selected for inclusion in their 2015 Juried Show but had no idea it was also one of 11 collages given an award from guest judge Jonathan Talbot.  Thank you to Gretchen Bierbaum and everyone involved at NCS for all that they do. It’s an honor to be included with so many other great artists in this show. Much respect.

You can view the entire NCS 2015 Juried Show here.

 

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Nov
24

Post #1193 – The Oh Hellos

The Oh Hellos poster

I was very excited to work once again with the good people of World Cafe Live in Philly on another gig poster, this time for the sold out show by The Oh Hellos.  The image is a pen and ink drawing I did of a vintage mail truck, which ties into the letter/postmark theme the band has been running throughout the promotion of their latest album,  Dear Wormwood.  These were previously only available at the band’s merch table, but I do have a very small quantity for sale over in the shop so pick one up while you can. 2 color screen print on 100# cover Whitewash French paper. Size 19″x 25″

Oct
28

Post #1192 – When Last I Saw Henry

When Last I Saw Henry collage

When Last I Saw Henry is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are handcut with an xacto knife then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 18.5? wide by 18.5? high and it was completed September 2015. It was created for Allan Bealy’s new book ABCurdities, a collection of collage art from a selection of 26 different artist from around the world and paired with poems by Helen Reiss.  Published by Benzine Editions.  You can order your own copy here.  Get one before they are gone.

Oct
13

Post #1191 – Totem (for the soul of America)

Totem for the soul of America

Totem (for the soul of America) is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 11? wide by 18.5? high and was completed in October 2015.

Prints and other products are now available via society6 and saatchionline.  Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!